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Although controversial, the EU-Turkey deal was necessary, argues Janis Emmanouilidis

April 13, 2016 - EU Institutions

On 18 March 2016, EU leaders and Turkey brokered an agreement to better tackle and, eventually, put an end to illegal immigration from Turkey to Greece and replace it with legal relocation means. However, less than a month after its fully-fledged implementation, the deal is at the heart of a blazing controversy as NGOs and agencies, such as Doctors without Borders and Amnesty International, deemed it ‘profoundly inhumane, unrealistic and miles away from EU’s core values‘. Jeremy Jenard is joined by Janis Emmanouilidis, Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre (EPC), to discuss this sensitive issue and take stock of the latest instruments put forward by the EU.

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